Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Picture Your World

Students and faculty members in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture (HA&A) explore global history, culture, and society through art and architecture from antiquity to the present day. Trained to celebrate cultural differences and the broad spectrum of human creativity and expression, art history students are natural ambassadors of pluralism and tolerance. Here, you’ll develop skills in appreciating visual and material culture to help you become a true global citizen—ideally equipped to understand how historical events and concerns relate to important contemporary and international phenomena.

Engaged Faculty

students learn about artwork depicting the death of Buddha

two people inspect sculptural artifacts at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Within this global range you'll find a stimulating variety of individual faculty research interests. The department is especially well-known for its focus on the art and architecture of the Pacific Rim, the Americas and East Asia in particular, as well as the Mediterranean. In addition to these regional foci, current strengths include urbanism and architecture; museum, curatorial, and exhibition studies; and modern and contemporary art.

The Student Experience

Explore world history, culture, and society through art and architecture. Celebrate cultural differences and the colorful spectrum of human creativity and expression. Develop skills in appreciating visual and material culture to become a true global citizen.

HA&A is the hub for the history, theory, and criticism of visual culture within the University of Oregon's College of Design. Students and faculty also maintain deep connections with the university's broad research community through collaborations.

Joyce Cheng's class visits the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

students look at America sign at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Enrich Your Academic Experience

There are opportunities to learn in class, across campus, and around the world. Expand your horizons with study abroad programs or internships. Learn more about how to develop your critical skills related to art history. Develop your leadership and communication skills by joining a student organization. Get involved in the student-run annual art history symposium.

Take the Next Step

We invite you to visit us and learn more about our world-class programs.

Success Stories

John Jaxheimer

John Jaxheimer, BA '98

Visual artist and UO alumnus John Jaxheimer has crafted a niche in his hometown of New York City with jobs including photo editor, graphic designer, creative director, creative brand consultant, and startup founder.

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Upcoming Events

Krause Gallery Exhibit "SWERVE"Apr 24
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Visiting Guest Lecture | Carolyn DeanMay 3
6:00 p.m.
Fenton Hall
Books by Design with Kate MondlochMay 16
12:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Small Wonders: The VR Experience May 17
9:30 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Q&A Session on Museum and Curatorial Studies |...May 17
1:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Visiting Guest Lecture | Sasha SudaMay 17
5:30 p.m.
Fenton Hall
College of Design Commencement CeremonyJun 18
4:00 p.m.
Knight Library

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